Bestselling author to speak at CWU on April 4

  • April 1, 2024
  • Rune Torgersen

New York Times bestselling author, artist, creator, filmmaker, and Marine Corps veteran Maximilian Uriarte will host a public talk at Central Washington University on Thursday, April 4.

Uriarte is the author of this year’s Veterans Center book club selection Battle Born: Lapis Lazuli. He will be on campus to discuss the book and other projects, followed by a Q&A session and book signing.

Uriarte’s work draws on his time in the Marine Corps, where he served two tours in Iraq and created the hit webcomic Terminal Lance. In 2010, Uriarte left the Marine Corps and began studying animation at the California College of Arts.

Following his graduation in 2013, he successfully crowdfunded his first feature-length graphic novel, The White Donkey, which earned widespread praise and led to a publication deal with Little, Brown & Co. Battle Born: Lapis Lazuli is Uriarte’s second feature-length graphic novel, and follows a platoon of Marines in Afghanistan. The novel is currently being developed as a feature film.

Uriarte’s April 4 presentation begins at 6:30 p.m. in the SURC Ballroom. The event is free and open to the public. Earlier in the day, he will meet with students from CWU's Art + Design and Theatre Arts departments to share his creative process as an artist and filmmaker.

More information about Uriarte and his work can be found on his website.


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